According to Wikipedia, the term "political correctness" refers to enforced language, ideas or policies that address perceived discrimination against political, social or economic groups.
Earlier this summer, Torrington attorney Ira Mayo made headlines when he was hit with an unusual punishment: he could never again represent female clients.
Nearly all of the attorneys in Bingham McCutchen's Hartford office will be absorbed by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius by the end of November, with more than 25 lawyers making the move to Morgan Lewis.
A decision by a Superior Court judge may bring some clarity to the state's whistleblower statute.
A Connecticut father charged with causing his 15-month-old son's death by leaving him in the car for hours on a hot July day has pleaded not guilty.
After New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Bolden was confirmed as a Connecticut federal judge on Nov. 20, his supporters spoke of him in glowing terms.
New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Bolden was narrowly confirmed on Thursday, Nov. 20, for a judgeship on the U.S. District Court in Connecticut.
Nearly all of the Hartford office of Bingham McCutchen will be absorbed by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius by the end of the month, with more than 25 lawyers making the move to Morgan Lewis.
What should happen when a person in possession of a firearm tells a family member or a counselor that he intends to shoot himself or someone else?
We mourn the passing of one of Connecticut's greatest citizens and a giant of the bench and bar. Judge John T. Downey died Nov. 17 at the age of 84
The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld a trial judge's decision to toss out an injured Enfield woman's lawsuit against a neighbor whom the woman said was responsible for shoveling snow and ice on the public sidewalk near their home.
I was hoping to avoid the need to make this sordid confession, but Mark DuBois, former chief disciplinary counsel, now bar president and fellow Law Tribune columnist, makes it necessary. He referred the other day to my fear of having had a heart attack.
A Connecticut energy company faces a potential class action from consumers who are upset that their electric bills have gone up instead of down. The claim against Middlebury-based Starion Energy seeks $50 million.
The state Judicial Branch might need some aspirin—in addition to help from the Attorney General's Office—to defend it from a lawsuit filed by an East Lyme man who is suing because he says he suffers from debilitating headaches.
The head of a small criminal defense and personal injury law firm was among six people arrested Nov. 14 in an undercover prostitution sting in Southington.
Judge Joseph Steinberg was perhaps known mostly for his work outside the courtroom, serving as a moderator for a Connecticut Public Television program. Judge John Maiocco Jr., meanwhile, also had an interesting non-legal career, serving in Bridgeport city politics and in the legislature before presiding for more than 30 years over criminal and civil cases in a Bridgeport courthouse.
The estate of a disabled woman involved in a sadomasochistic relationship with a man she met online has been awarded nearly $640,000 by a jury following a lengthy trial. With offer of compromise interest added, the family of Caroline Kendall Kortner will receive more than $935,000.
Judge John Downey got a late start on his legal career, with good reason. As a CIA agent, he had been held for 20 years in a Chinese prison. On Monday, state officials recalled both Downey's legal career and his service to his country on learning of his death at 84.
When it comes to providing improved access to the courts for people with disabilities or who speak languages other than English, Connecticut is at the top of the list.
Much of lawyering is a young person's game.
Seymour attorney Ralph Crozier, who was convicted in September on money-laundering charges, will have his law license suspended at the beginning of December, according to a court order issued on Nov. 13.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut has hired seven attorneys, including the newest arrival, U.S. Assistant Attorney Avi Perry, since lifting an employment freeze earlier this year. Avi, a former associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, started working in the office's financial fraud and public corruption unit on Nov. 17.
For the past year, my byline has appeared in the Connecticut Law Tribune atop freelance news articles. But this time, I'm writing to discuss how the day job I've held for the last 14 months exemplifies how lawyers can use their law degrees without working for traditional legal practices.
In a first-of-its-kind decision in the state, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that patients can bring negligence lawsuits against health care providers that violate federal privacy regulations.
New Haven defense attorney John Williams has appealed a decision to suspend his law license for 20 days.
A young man who claimed he was attacked by four men while walking along an usually quiet bike path near the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs recently was awarded more than $320,000 in damages.
A South Florida man charged in September with sending threatening letters to Connecticut officials and residents finally faced a federal judge this week in Hartford.
A decision released this past summer by the Connecticut Appellate Court, CitiMortgage v. Rey, No. AC 35539 (June 3, 2014), makes for a fairly dry read, but it's important and may materially alter the playing field between mortgage lenders and borrowers.
Although it's not unusual for disputes to arise when law firm partners part ways, the disintegration of a Stamford firm has been described as "particularly troublesome" by a Superior Court judge who granted a prejudgment remedy to one of the former partners.
State disciplinary officials are not waiting for a Superior Court judge to make a final decision on whether suspended Torrington attorney Ira Mayo should be disbarred for allegedly violating an agreement not to represent female clients.
A spat between relatives at a gas station in Waterbury could have been deadly. Instead, it has become legal dead weight – Vern Campbell likely won't "collect a dime" of the $100,766 owed to him by his assailant and cousin, Thomas Pelkey.
When someone gets roughed up by a bouncer at a nightclub on a Friday night, the first thing that goes through their mind is probably not that they might have a claim under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.
I don't get out much, and when I do, I generally misbehave—a sign of congenital insecurity.
In 1986, before the dawn of the DNA testing era in Connecticut, police took a saliva sample from a man suspected in a Wallingford murder. In 2009, the same sample was tested again, this time using modern DNA methods.
More than four months after Kyle Seitz mistakenly left his son in a hot car outside the parking lot of his work, he has been charged with a single misdemeanor count of negligent homicide.
In a first-of-its-kind decision in the state, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that patients can bring negligence lawsuits against health care providers that violate federal privacy regulations.
There was a time when criminal justice talk show host Nancy Grace was almost "suit-proof," legal experts said. But that's no longer the case, as more targets of the former Georgia prosecutor are coming forward to challenge Grace's on-air accusations.
Reid and Riege, which has offices in Hartford and New Haven, has added three attorneys to its staff of roughly 50 professionals. The new attorneys, all associates, will bolster the firm's business law, estate planning and litigation practice areas.
I saw the other day that when New York firm Kaye Scholer recently moved to a new office it jettisoned 95 percent of its law library. The reason given was that most lawyers use electronic resources; the books took up valuable space, and were only occasionally used as a backdrop for Super Lawyer photos but for little else. Goodness, what a changed world!
As the sun came up on Election Day and bleary-eyed voters began to make their way to polling locations throughout Connecticut, dozens of lawyers were waiting.
For Simsbury lawyer April Arrasate, getting involved in the new medical marijuana industry in Connecticut was very personal.
The family of a Connecticut high school student is suing the Waterbury school district and several school officials in federal court saying it improperly used a sealed juvenile arrest report to suspend him from school in August and start expulsion proceedings.
Some people dread going to work. But a cook employed by a Westbrook seafood chain says that dread has turned to "incapacitating fear" of his former boss after he says the owner of Off the Hook Bar and Grill threatened him with a knife on at least a half dozen occasions.
The adoption of building information modeling, or BIM, on construction projects has increased substantially in recent years. BIM, a collaborative, three-dimensional building modeling platform, promises to bridge the gap between design and construction while conveying a distinct competitive advantage to those who use it well.
Helping clients understand the potential for saving money by investing in alternative energy projects has the potential to get you on that "greatest lawyer" list—if you know where to look for the savings. Remember, alternative energy options are not just restricted to rooftop solar or a wind turbine.
Contractor delay claims can spell disaster for project owners. Not only do they bust budgets, but they can threaten the owner's existence. Consequently, owners seek no-damages-for-delay (NDFD) clauses in their construction contracts to shift the risk of their own delay-causing conduct to the contractor.
The last three years have been a revolutionary time for Connecticut's renewable energy landscape.
In August, Gov. Dannell Malloy joined officials from the town of Wilton and representatives of Yankee Gas to announce the start of a natural gas expansion project in the town. The project, which will take place over several months, involves the installation of a 3.5-mile underground pipeline along existing roads to connect gas to Wilton's downtown business district, municipal buildings and several schools.
As winter approaches, residents in Connecticut and throughout New England remember the polar vortex of 2013, and face concerns over rising electric prices. One of the factors contributing to the price of electricity is the reliability of power plants, also known as electric generating units (EGUs).
Last December marked the 20th anniversary of Connecticut's Environmental Justice Policy, the fifth year of Connecticut's Environmental Justice Program (collectively referred to as EJ) and the first year of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Comprehensive Energy Strategy for Connecticut (ES).
In C&H Electric v. Town of Bethel, 312 Conn. 843 (2014), the Connecticut Supreme Court held that proving "active interference" on the part of an owner so as to avoid the effect of a "no damage for delay" clause did not require a contractor to show that the owner had acted in bad faith.
In 2011, the Connecticut legislature passed a groundbreaking renewable provision that, among other things, created a $1 billion contract-based incentive program intended to create the development of renewable-energy-based energy generation such as solar, wind, small hydro and fuel cell projects in Connecticut.
In September, the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments from BP and Transocean Ltd. on two certified questions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. One of the questions concerns whether a narrow indemnity agreement in a drilling service contract, which excludes liability for underwater pollution, limits the broad language used in an additional insured provision in an insurance policy.
Police and city officials cannot be shielded by qualified immunity in a case where a New London man claims he lost a city contract for security services in retaliation for suing the police department, a federal appeals has ruled.
The African-American woman known as C.D. in court records was filling out the questionnaire given to prospective jurors. She got to the question about what race she belonged to. She wrote "human."
Their races may have taken a back seat to contests for governor, but nine new probate judges won election on Nov. 4 and will replace longtime incumbents come January.
Michael Thomas had a reputation as a "tireless and effective advocate" for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, and he rose to president of the tribal council, a position he held for nine years, despite a difficult childhood. But now, with his conviction recently upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Thomas will spend 18 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $100,000 in tribal funds.
A man who injured his back after his bicycle collided with a pickup truck was recently awarded nearly $800,000 by a Hartford jury.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard the North Carolina teeth-whitening case a few weeks ago.
In a column in the Nov. 4 edition of the Connecticut Law Tribune ("The Perils of E-Filing in Family Cases"), Westport attorney Eric Broder assumes that documents filed electronically in family cases will be publicly available on the Internet. This assumption is incorrect.
After winning a clear victory in Tuesday's election, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said he will focus on data privacy protection and health care regulations at the beginning of his second term.
Convicted Seymour attorney Ralph Crozier said he is not trying to "delay justice" by asking a judge to push back sentencing on a recent money-laundering conviction until next year.
When the repo man shows up to take a car from a borrower behind in their payments, he better be polite to everyone—even those who have no ownership of the vehicle being repossessed.
A trial judge did nothing wrong when he ruled that if jurors wanted to review a video of an alleged crime, they needed to do so in the courtroom and not the jury room, the Connecticut Supreme Court has concluded.
There was a lot of high-powered legal help in a Hartford courtroom on Nov. 4, as a Connecticut gubenatorial election spilled into the legal arena for a second straight time.
A friend of mine disappeared the other day. Vanished. A raucous and loud voice present one day, and then gone the next. Now that she is gone, I wonder whether she existed at all. I met her, laughed with her, and never really met her at all, on Facebook.
Hartford Superior Court Judge Carl Schuman ordered two Hartford polling places to stay open until 8:30 p.m. on Election Night, or 30 minutes later than the normal 8 p.m. closing time.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that Hartford police officers violated the constitutional rights of a family when they entered their yard without a warrant and shot a large Saint Bernard dog in front of a 12-year-old girl.
A mother who filed a lawsuit against the town of East Hartford after her daughter with special needs was allegedly assaulted on the school bus by a school employee will receive $13,000 in a settlement with town officials.
Effective in December, e-filing in family law cases will make this process much simpler. A click of the mouse or tap on your phone will yield all of the allegations in every motion, true or not, greatly exposing a family to future harm, ridicule and embarrassment.
A company that helps businesses handle personnel issues denies it forced one if its employees out of his job after it was discovered he had posed nude in Playgirl magazine.
Gov. Dannel Malloy has asked a judge to grant an emergency injunction that would give voters an extra hour to cast ballots at Hartford’s polling places after the governor’s campaign said an early-morning snafu “discouraged” people from voting.
A Shelton man is suing three state marshals in federal court after he says their "outrageous behavior" last year forced him spend to the night in a New Haven jail before a judge ordered him immediately released the next day.
A divided state Supreme Court has reversed a tampering with evidence conviction of a man who tried to rob a bank and then tried discarding some of the evidence as police were chasing him.
A New Britain police sergeant is accused of repeatedly massaging the shoulders of a female officer without her permission and making vulgar comments about her body.
In a topsy-turvy case that began over three years ago, a lawyer who was sued for malpractice has not only fended off the claims, but has been awarded $405 in attorney fees.
Imagine this scenario: An elementary student accompanies her father to a family wedding in another state hundreds of miles from a place experiencing a flu outbreak. The girl returns to Connecticut healthy and is ready to resume school when word spreads she visited a state in the vicinity of the outbreak. School officials, in an attempt to assuage the fears of teachers and parents of other students, order the girl to stay away from school for 21 days. If she shows up before that, police will remove her.
Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment used its muscle to market and "sell" violence to a euphoric fan base at the expense of the mental and physical health of its performers, according to a federal lawsuit filed by a former wrestler.
In the three years since Connecticut enacted a law banning discrimination based on gender identity, there have been few formal complaints filed with the state's civil rights regulators.
A Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the state Republican Party which sought to prevent Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy from using campaign funds that were initially contributed to Democratic congressional candidates.
A Waterbury judge has determined that an employee at a company that made corporate training products did not steal trade secrets from his former employer, which runs a similar enterprise.
A former Hartford elementary school teacher alleges she was forced to quit her job after school administrators mistreated her when they found out she was married to a woman.
Text messages, the communication method of choice for good friends and close contacts of the "me" generation, may not be the first thing that comes to mind when a law firm looks to catch the attention of potential clients. But one New York firm reportedly used mass-text messages to alert people about a recent court settlement, in hopes of gaining new clients.
The parents of a Milford elementary student are suing Milford school district for discrimination after they say "rumors" propagated by concerned school officials about whether their daughter had Ebola effectively imposed a "disability" on her.
Ken Krayeske has been called a pseudo-journalist, political provocateur, professional rabble-rouser and publicity hound.
Cross-examination, as Winston Churchill said of democracy, is the worst method for getting at the truth, except for all those other methods that have been tried from time to time.
A Russian billionaire who was sued by his ex-wife who claimed that he beat her on numerous occasions was vindicated in a defense verdict rendered by a Waterbury Superior Court jury.
Welcome to the results of our tenth annual Connecticut Law Tribune readers’ poll, in which our readers have cast their votes for the best providers of services and goods to the legal profession.
One thing about the three candidates for Connecticut attorney general: No one can call them clones.
A mystery regarding the whereabouts of a wealthy German woman named Petra Baumgartner seems to have been solved.
U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor didn't return to Yale just to reminisce about their law school years, though there was more than a little bit of that.
A long-standing legal rift involving a West Haven family turns on a central question: Did Robert Zuppardi rip off the brand of his sisters' pizzeria? The case is before U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny in New Haven, who recently issued a ruling limiting the scope of the dispute.
In a case that could affect the way future workers' compensation disputes are decided in Connecticut, a former United Parcel Service worker argues that he is entitled to full coverage for his carpal tunnel syndrome and related disabilities even though his condition may have been the result of a nonwork-related preexisting condition.
On a recent day, in a Connecticut courtroom, something unprecedented happened: after a jury returned a guilty verdict in a trial, the judge, from the bench, suspended the defense lawyer for 20 days from the practice of law, for twice violating a court order.
Suspended Torrington attorney Ira Mayo said at a hearing last week he misunderstood a court order banning him from ever again representing female clients. Disciplinary officials said the order was clear. And now they want Mayo disbarred for five years.
At 6 ½ months into her pregnancy, Armanda Legros was told by her doctor that she had to avoid heavy lifting. Her manager at the armored truck company where she worked sent her home indefinitely and without pay.
Many employers are contemplating cutting their workforce mix to minimize costs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because of one of the most controversial provisions of the ACA: Section 1513, informally known as the "play or pay" mandate.
Two recent rulings from judges in the District of Connecticut illustrate the rules by which class actions alleging violations of wage and hour laws are certified.
What are your obligations when an employee requests an accommodation? Hearing an employee make such a request can send a chill down the spine of many an employer, conjuring up images of intricate, convoluted concessions or the specter of protracted litigation.
Franchisors be warned: the National Labor Relations Board is poised to expand its long-established joint employer standard, a change that would make it easier for unions to successfully argue that a joint employer relationship exists between a franchisee and franchisor, or between a staffing agency and the companies for which it provides employees.
No matter the political affiliation of its members, the NLRB's rulings have generally sought to at least appear fair and judicious. A recent series of decisions, however, have signaled that the board is assuming a new role: partisan policymaker.